Keyboard Geniuses: Who needs experience points, anyway?

Keyboard Geniuses is our weekly glance at a few intriguing, witty, or otherwise notable posts from the Gameological discussion threads. Comments have been excerpted and edited here for grammar, length, and/or clarity. You can follow the links to see the full threads.

Are You Experienced?

In the second part of my ongoing Zelda: Breath Of The Wild review, I talked about how one of the big differences between it and the vast majority of open-world games is a lack of experience points and leveling up. This is a huge boon, in my eyes, because it makes hitting the road and seeing the world more important than cashing in favors and watching numbers increase. Down in the comments, myrandomnickname recognized the series’ (almost) lifelong deviation from those role-playing norms:

One thing I’ve always liked about the Zelda games is how neatly they manage to sidestep the whole level-grinding process …

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